Hello, I'm Yaniv and welcome to my workshop!
You can now find all the songs I've ever released (or collaborated on) in a neat, ever-grown Spotify playlist!
New releases are on top, and below you'll find all the songs I've done neatly organized for your enjoyment
7.19 - Pavement 3-Pack, The Walkmen and Mac DeMarco!
5 new songs for Pitchfork Festival project! Also all of them are now in my Spotify playlist!
The Walkmen are one of the best and most underrated indie bands of the 2000’s. Mostly known for their song “The Rat” – they were dubbed a “one hit wonder” for a while – they are actually a great band. They broke up in 2012, but ended up scoring another huge hit after their breakup – when the hugely popular sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” chose their song “Heaven” as the ending track of the last episode of the hugely popular show. So whether you liked the ending or not (I hated it), that song is pretty damn good. It’s a sweet, happy and nostalgic song, with a soaring chorus – “Remember remember, all we fight for!”. Great song by a great band!
Mac DeMarco at it’s finest in one of his biggest classics. An epic, memorable guitar riff, great fun on all instruments, and Mac apologizing to his mother about being a naughty boy – this particular song was written after Mac’s mother found online a video of him sticking up drumsticks up his, well, backside. Here’s Mac himself explaining this song:
“That’s about the family. A lot of songs are about the family on the album. I did a karaoke set in Montreal last spring, and I ended up getting really, really drunk. All my clothes came off, beer got poured over me, percussive instrument tools found their way into my butt and my friend took a video of the thing. I thought it’d be funny, but it goes on YouTube and my aunt sees it, and my whole family. And they were not too pleased. My mom was like, “Mac—what’s going on?” My aunt freaked out and thought I was smoking bath salts. I didn’t present some song to say, look, I’m sorry… it was all clear before. They understand that I’m just a bit of a goof. But I thought it’d be a fun thing to write a song about, so I did." So, hmm, yeah, thankfully we got a great song from this!
The opening tune from their masterpiece “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”. “Silence Kid” includes some awesome guitar riffs, entertaining drums, great melody, provocative lyrics, a tempo change and a time signature change – all in a short, neat package of about 3 minutes. It’s a legendary opening and one of their most coveted songs.
From the same album, this is a beautiful, darker and slower tune with an epic guitar climax. The song itself – whether it’s about war or tennis – is beautiful, nuanced and (excuse the pun) – breathtaking. Singer Stephen Malkmus is very emotional – as he sings “dad, they broke me…”, and the song eventually evolves into a rousing climax of guitar arpeggios and brilliant buildup. In my opinion, one of their best songs.
It’s a sweet, beautiful and nostalgic love song – whose hook just happens to be “I could spit on a stranger”. Full of contradictions – not unusual for Pavement – it’s a song with amazing melody, a huge range of emotions and sweet instrumentation that you’d love to play. Malkmus himself has named it as “one of the 15 songs of my life”, and he said: “This song has a Beatles feel to me. It’s a pretty song in the standard tuning, which, as Rolling Stone readers know, means tuning your guitar to EADGBE, in the way that the Lord told us to do it. And it has that Nigel Godrich production — he can make the average guitar sound so good. But in Pavement fashion, the singer has to say, “I could spit on a stranger,” which is a slightly bizarre hook. Kind of dark and fucked-up.
6.21 - HUGE "The National" project!
The post is probably too long to copy here so I'll just link it.
Featuring 13 new tunes from The National, including some huge hits and fan favorites. Among the songs released: Fake Empire, Terrible Love, Mr. November, Graceless, Slow Show, an epic 8-minutes live version of About Today and many more!
This has been my main charting project for a while now and it's good to get it out there. Amazing band and I hope I did them justice!
Also, some really great openers by Wilco, Big Thief, Silver Jews and Cass McCombs!
Thanks again Egead, BornGamerRob, Derek and Zombie Capone for working with me on this project!
Hope you like it! Check out the post, it's quite nice
On an unrelated note, I've also collaborated with AJFOne23 on Bruce Springsteen's masterpiece "Incident on 57th Street". One hell of an epic song. Check this one out right here.
Also, newly available is a Spotify playlist of all the songs I've ever released or collaborated on! It's quite something and it will keep growing! Listen here
See you next time!
25.5 - Singles by Suede and Bruce Speingsteen!
Suede - Outsiders
Suede first appeared in 1989, but by 2003, they were ready to call it quits. Like many bands, though, Suede just couldn't stay broken up, and by 2010 the band was together again. At first the reunion was only to play a few concerts, but a few became a few more, and then Suede found themselves back in the studio, recording new music. Six years later they were still going strong and still coming up with new tunes, with 2016's Night Thoughts garnering some of the band's highest critical accolades. "Outsiders" was that album's lead single.
Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
Springsteen had been "The Boss" for nearly 30 years when he released The Rising in 2002. With his finger still firmly on the pulse of blue-collar America, Springsteen wrote and sang about the subjects that weighed heavily on every American's mind that year, specifically the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, how it changed America's place in the world, and how Americans themselves should respond. These thoughts and verses resonated well with Springsteen's listeners and critics, and the title track in particular was deemed one of Springsteen's best in recent years.
5.17 - "Rylan" by the National on release day!
As you may know, The National - one of the biggest bands in Indie Rock - are releasing their new album, "I Am Easy to Find", today. And I'm very happy to bring you a track from this album, as a full band custom, on the day of release.
Just to be clear: this song was not available as a single (or in any other way) beforehand.
It is not a live version, or any of the previously available versions. It is the studio version, released today, and this version was not released on any platform before today.
So here we go!
"Rylan" was only officially released today, but National fans would have known it for a while. It was premiered 7 years ago, and played live fairly often - even as part of an official KEXP set - but never made it to the records, until now.
It's a big anthem, that's both joyous and sad at the same time, as per usual for the National. The story of a quiet, shy, introvert child, who wants to be special ("Rylan you should try to get some sun, you remind me of everyone"), some suicidal thoughts ("Rylan you could take the quick way out"), classic National lines ("If you want to be alone, come with me"), before exploding into an emotional climax.
It's already shaping up to be a career highlight, and makes a great band song. You can listen to it here:
So hopefully that keeps you occupied for a while until leg 3! This is not only a special opportunity to play this song on release day, but also a teaser to a full National pack - who'll be released as a part of leg 3! So if you like the band - there's a lot more to look forward to
More from the National, and many, many other great artists, is waiting for you in Leg 3 - which beings in Friday, May 24th. So stay tuned!
If you haven't already, I highly recommend reading the original thread to enjoy the full Primavera experience:
Once again, many thanks to everyone who was involved!
For your convenience, I've collected all the full band songs I was involved in, to one simple list with direct download links:
Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels). Collab with egead
Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out). Collab with MrBurpler
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go. Collab with Kamtoch
Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains). Collab with MrBurpler
Arcade Fire - Wake Up. Collab with Kamtoch
Bruce Springsteen – Badlands. Collab with Spindoctor and MrBurpler.
Bruce Springsteen - Incident on 57th Street - collab with AJFOnes23
Bruce Springsteen – The River. Collab with bsbloom.
Bruce Springsteen – Thunder Road - collab with ejthedj.
David Bowie - Blackstar. collab with CUTstudi0s.
David Bowie - "Heroes". collab with ejthedj.
David Bowie – Sound and Vision. Collab with Grubextrapolate and Jimi369
David Bowie - Soul Love (custom by MrPrezident, I did drums)
Neil Young - Winterlong. Collab with Mr Prezident
The National - 15
The Dismemberment Plan - 10
Arcade Fire, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - 9
David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen - 8
The Cure, Neil Young - 6
The Replacements, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Suede, Wilco, Pulp, Pavement - 5
PJ Harvey - 4
Manic Street Preachers - 3
Mac DeMarco, Tom Waits, John Grant - 2
Plus singles from 32 different artists.
Overall: 151 songs, and counting!
If you're interested in full write-ups, visualizers and the rest, it's all in here:
Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more!